There was a time when the information on ADHD was limited. Today there are scores of websites that provide useful information on ADHD, the acronym for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. These sites provide detailed information on the causes and symptoms of the disorder. They also provide useful advice on the course of treatment.
ADHD information can also be obtained from doctors treating ADHD patients and from psychologists and counselors involved in ADHD treatment. Some of the important points that all parents should know about ADHD are:
Children who are just entering preschool or lower grades are more likely to suffer from this disorder than adults. The lack of ability to focus and concentrate on a given subject or impulsiveness at certain times are the most noticed symptoms of ADHD. Hyperactivity, restlessness and daydreaming are also noticed in some cases.
However, it is not necessary that all children who show signs of restlessness or impulsiveness should be treated for ADHD. The treatment should be provided only when a child shows consistent symptoms over a period of six months to a year. This diagnosis should be made by a doctor who is well versed with ADHD symptoms.
One of the best places to obtain ADHD information is the Center for Mental Health Services which is located in Rockville. This center is part of the US Public Health Service and provides extensive information on ADHD treatment. Another useful information source is Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CH.A.D.D.) This center sponsors support groups and provides comprehensive information to people dealing with attention disorders on its website www.chadd.org
The Learning Disabilities Association of America, which is located in Pittsburgh, provides information and referral to state chapters, parent resources, and local support groups. Besides this parents can take the help of the National Center for Learning Disabilities located in New York. . Two other useful websites to visit are those of National Attention Deficit Disorder Association (http://www.add.org/) and of ADHD Living Guide For Parents (http://www1.adhdlivingguide.com/mentalhealth/adhd/livingguide/forparents/).